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Contents: Canada The United Kingdom The United States The Association of Professional Piercers highlights these basic qualifications that a person needs to become a piercer. They may be slightly varied in your region, so check below to find the specifics and then double check with your local health agencies for specific regulations.

Locate a suitable apprenticeship in a reputable studio under a well-respected, highly skilled and experienced professional. Attend a bloodborne pathogens training class, such as that given by OSHA, Red Cross, or The National Safety Council. Attend a First Aid/CPR class, such as that given by Red Cross or the YMCA. Spend a minimum of three months full time as a trainee, learning sterilization, disinfection, cross-contamination and other health and safety issues before piercing. Spend a minimum of six months to one year in full-time supervised training as an apprentice before achieving the title of piercer. Location, volume and studio standards will help to determine the duration of an apprenticeship. Observe all procedures before attempting them, and only attempt a new procedure with close supervision by a senior/training piercer. Learn customer service, appropriate jewelry quality and selection, aftercare procedures, and troubleshooting. Attend a reputable training seminar of four days or longer. The course should combine lectures on anatomy, safety, hygiene, techniques, and hands-on piercing experience. Some states have passed legislation requiring courses in anatomy, etc. in order to be licensed for piercing. Canada Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon The United Kingdom England Apply for a Tattoo, Piercing and Electrolysis Licence with the local government. Display licence on the wall of the premises along with any related regulations. Greater London

You must get a Special Treatments Licence from your council instead. Northern Ireland No information available. Scotland Apply for a Tattoo, Piercing and Electrolysis Licence with the local government. Display licence on the wall of the premises along with any related regulations. Wales Apply for a Tattoo, Piercing and Electrolysis Licence with the local government. Display licence on the wall of the premises along with any related regulations. The United States Alabama Become an apprentice. Take a blood-borne pathogen-training class. No CPR/First Aid class requirement. Obtain a Body Art Health Permit from your county's Health Department. State regulations do not require you to register with the Department of Environmental Health, but your specific county may. Alaska Become an apprentice (1000 hours required) Take a blood-borne pathogen-training class. Take a CPR/First Aid class. Apply to the State Board of Barbers & Hairdressers for $80. Take exam for $60. American Samoa No information available. Arizona No information available. Arkansas Have GED. Become an apprentice (6 months & 375 hours required). Take a blood-borne pathogen-training class. No CPR/First Aid class requirement. Get vision, including colour, and STDs checked by a doctor. Take exam for $50. California Become an apprentice (6 months required). Take a blood-borne pathogen-training class. No CPR/First Aid class requirement. Obtain a Body Art Health Permit from your county's Health Department. State regulations do not require you to register with the Department of Environmental Health, but your specific county may. Colorado Take a blood-borne pathogen-training class. Provide STD and immunization records. Connecticut No license is required for body piercing. Tattooing may only be performed by "...a physician or advanced practical nurse, registered nurse or technician under the supervision of a physician." Delaware Take a blood-borne pathogen-training class. No CPR/First Aid class requirement. Obtain a Body Art Health Permit from your county's Health Department. State regulations do not require you to register with the Department of Environmental Health, but your specific county may. District of Columbia No information available. Florida Take a blood-borne pathogen-training class. Establishments must be permitted. Georgia No information available. Guam No information available. Hawaii No information available. Idaho No information available. Illinois No information available. Indiana No information available. Iowa As of April 2, 2014 "...there is no oversight of the body piercing and modification industry in Iowa..." Kansas Be 18 years old. Have GED. Take a blood-borne pathogen-training class. Become an apprentice (50 procedures required). Apply with the Board of Cosmetology for $50. Take exam. Kentucky Obtain a Body Art Health Permit from your county's Health Department for $20. State regulations do not require you to register with the Department of Environmental Health, but your specific county may. Louisiana Become an apprentice. Take a blood-borne pathogen-training class. Take a CPR/First Aid class. Obtain a Body Art Health Permit from your county's Health Department for $100. State regulations do not require you to register with the Department of Environmental Health, but your specific county may. Maine Take a blood-borne pathogen-training class. Obtain a Body Art Health Permit from your county's Health Department for $200. State regulations do not require you to register with the Department of Environmental Health, but your specific county may. Maryland No information available. Massachusetts Be 18 years old. Become an apprentice. Take a blood-borne pathogen-training class. Take a college level anatomy course. Apply for a practitioner permit with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Michigan No information available. Minnesota Be 18 years old. Become an apprentice (temporary technician) (200 hours and 250 piercings). Take a blood-borne pathogen-training class. Apply for Body Art Technician License Pay $110 to the Minnesota State Treasurer. Mississippi Be 18 years old. Become an apprentice (9 months). Take a blood-borne pathogen-training class. Apply for Regular Certificate of Registration for $150. Missouri Become an apprentice (300 hours and 50 piercings). Take a blood-borne pathogen-training class. Take a CPR/First Aid class. Apply for body modification practitioner's license. Pay $100. Montana Take a blood-borne pathogen-training class. Take a CPR/First Aid class. Complete "formal training". Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey Become an apprentice (12 months & 1000 hours required). New Mexico Become an apprentice (1500 hours and 10 photos of piercings required). Apply to the State Board of Barbers & Cosmetologists for $100. Take exam. New York North Carolina North Dakota Northern Mariana Islands Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Have GED. Take a blood-borne pathogen-training class. Take a CPR/First Aid class. Go through piercing training (250 hours of theory, 900 hours of practical training, and 400 body piercing procedures). State regulations do not require you to register with the Department of Environmental Health, but your specific county may. Pennsylvania Puerto Rico Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas U.S. Virgin Islands Utah Vermont Virginia Washington Be 18 years old. Apply for permit for $250 Take a blood-borne pathogen-training class. No CPR/First Aid class requirement. Obtain a Body Art Health Permit from your county's Health Department for $250. State regulations do not require you to register with the Department of Environmental Health, but your specific county may. West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming